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The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD possesses a world-renown collection of over 900 illuminated manuscripts from around the world that spans over 1,000 years.

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The term Manuscript refers to a handwritten book in its entirety, including the binding and all of the pages in between.

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W.34

This English manuscript was made in East Anglia in the mid-thirteenth century for a patron with special veneration for St. Olaf, whose life and martyr...

East Anglia, England

Mid-13th century CE

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The digital Walters Blog The St. Francis Missal Posted: 2014-07-24 Creator: Christopher Mergen, Intern in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books

The St. Francis Missal (W.75) is, at first glance, a seemingly humble manuscript. Bound in undecorated wood and leather, its cover is worm-eaten and cracked. As a missal (a book containing the texts used in the celebration of the Mass), it was primarily meant to be read from by the priest during the church service, and thus designed to be functional rather than lavish. Why, then, is this book one of the most intriguing in The Walters’ collection, as well as one of the most popular, visited by many from around the world each year?

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The digital Walters Blog The St. Francis Missal Posted: 2014-07-24 Creator: Christopher Mergen, Intern in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books

The St. Francis Missal (W.75) is, at first glance, a seemingly humble manuscript. Bound in undecorated wood and leather, its cover is worm-eaten and cracked. As a missal (a book containing the texts used in the celebration of the Mass), it was primarily meant to be read from by the priest during the church service, and thus designed to be functional rather than lavish. Why, then, is this book one of the most intriguing in The Walters’ collection, as well as one of the most popular, visited by many from around the world each year?

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